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It's a sad fact that the military and firemen get far more support than any police in our country yet they do just as much and more than any other public servant, I salute them all for what they've done for our country!
I found this book to be fascinating. This book gave me a whole new perspective and appreciation for those in law enforcement. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a unique read.
Update: I became aware of, and highly recommend, MOSES' CHISEL by the same author. I am hoping there there will be a sequel or screenplay of this book. Steven Lowell-Martin is a clearly a talented writer and story teller.
God bless law enforcement.
Thank you Det-Sgt. Martin for an eye opening book.
A memoir by the author of Moses’ Chisel, Coptales offers a unique and compelling perspective of a mostly mysterious and often misunderstood (and misrepresented) group in our society: police officers.
It is a collection of stories spanning a decades-long journey through the author’s years as a police officer in Seattle. Along the way we are introduced to a plethora of colorful, vibrant characters who will stick with you long after you have finished reading.
Coptales encourages the reader to try to view the world from the perspective of law enforcement. This view is a stark look at the realities around us and the people in it. It is a frank, and haunting tale.
The book is a labor of love –the culmination of a distinguished career in law enforcement and the memorable people encountered during that career. An opus into which the author clearly poured his heart and soul.
It’s not always an easy story to read, but the darker, more melancholy sides of police work are skillfully interspersed with tales of everyday heroism and humor. It makes you laugh, it makes you cry, and at times it even disturbs. The tone alternates between cynicism and optimism, but the final message is one of cautious hope for the future: that good souls will continue to fight for those who need help and protection in a sometimes harsh and corrupt world.
In particular, I enjoyed reading the chapters discussing the formation, inner-workings and strategies (and successes) of the gang unit. I was also fascinated by the suspenseful and shocking chapter discussing the WTO riots from a standpoint shamefully over-looked by many.
It is an inside look at a world many of us cannot imagine, and wouldn’t have the courage to face for 24-hours, let alone every day. A story of comraderie and heroism in everyday life.
Especially refreshing was the fact that when it was called for, a spade was called a spade.
Rite and wrong are more or less clear cut, and the author wasn't afraid to voice his opinion even fished a bad light on former bosses or administration.